Addiction is defined as the inability to stop using a substance or engaging in an activity, despite the fact that doing so is harmful to one’s physical and mental health.
The word “addiction” refers to a broader definition than only a person’s reliance on illicit substances like cocaine or heroin. Some addictions may be characterised by a steadfast unwillingness to stop engaging in activities like eating, gambling, or working.
Alcohol use disorders demand effort, time, willpower, and support in order to recover. You will start a journey through four distinct stages of rehab recovery when you decide to enrol in a professional alcohol and drug treatment programme. During this time, you will learn how to create a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.
1. Accept that you have issues to deal with.
Recognize that you have an addiction issue.
Admitting you have a problem with addiction is the hardest step in recovery and should definitely be the first step to take. The brain is impacted by substance use disorders, leading it to search for justifications and justifications to continue using.
Having the fortitude to tackle your addiction and its underlying causes is demonstrated by your admission of a problem.
While there are many resources available, whatever treatment strategy you select must include a strong support network. If you aren’t ready to ask for help from friends or family, think about speaking with a doctor or a specialist in that field or seeking rehab centre facilities.
2. Identify and realise your addiction problem.
Spend some time thinking about your values, how addiction has harmed you, and how abstinence will make your life better.
Keeping a daily notebook is the most effective technique for reflection. You can start an addiction recovery plan by keeping a journal to help you recognise trends, triggers, objectives, and motivators.
3. Discover the cause, the things that trigger you.
An emotional response based on experience is brought on by a trigger. With addiction, a trigger frequently results in a strong need to relapse.
Typical causes include:
- Unpleasant Feelings
- the environment
- Community Isolation
- Physical or Mental Illness
- Once we are able to recognise these triggers, we can control them by learning effective coping mechanisms.
4. Distract yourself through physical activities.
Exercise is the most effective way for me to combat depression, according to mental health advocate Therese J. Borchard. Working up a sweat while improving your general health and well-being will also cause endorphins to naturally release.
Exercise is one of the best ways to stop addictions and is frequently recommended.
- Exercise is not only a fantastic diversion but it can also:
- reestablish normal brain activity
- Reduce tension and stress
- enhance sleep
- reduce desires
- Boost self-esteem
You may maintain high energy levels and low-stress levels by engaging in regular exercise, getting enough sleep, and practising healthy dietary habits. It will be simpler to stay clean the longer you can maintain good health and mental well-being.
5. Recognize the past.
It is normal to feel guilty or ashamed about your addiction, previous deeds, or bad behaviour. Making amends to yourself and others will help you deal with these emotions as you advance in your recovery.
Once we have come to terms with the past, we may give ourselves the chance to change in the future. When a patient departs a rehab centre, they are required to develop an aftercare plan outlining their recovery and future objectives. Additionally, we extend an invitation to them to join us on the road ahead by attending complimentary tune-ups.
6. Consider normalizing your life in a sober way.
You may reclaim the positive qualities of your life by living soberly. We address co-occurring illnesses including depression and anxiety that can have an influence on addiction at Olympia House Rehab.
People in recovery frequently discover themselves liking these things by intentionally treating these aspects:
- a stronger sense of liberation
- better physical and mental wellbeing
- improved monetary stability
- better communication with friends and family
- more time to devote to their most important priorities.
7. Create a purposeful lifestyle.
Having hobbies and interests that give your life meaning can help you stick with your drug treatment and prevent relapse. It’s crucial to get involved in activities that you find fulfilling, make you feel wanted, and give your life purpose. Your addiction will become less appealing once you have meaningful responsibilities and a feeling of purpose in your life.
Attempt a new pastime or pick up an old one. Attempt things you’ve always wanted to try that will stretch your imagination and ignite your creativity. Take up a new sport, a foreign language, or a musical instrument.
Embrace the arts. Take an art lesson, attend a theatre or concert, visit a museum, or write a memoir.
Participate in your neighbourhood. Join drug-free clubs and activities to replace your addiction. Join a club or neighbourhood organisation, volunteer, or get involved in your church or another place of worship.
Set important objectives. Having objectives to strive for and something to anticipate can be effective treatments for drug addiction. What matters is that you value the goals and that they are essential to you.
8. Try avoiding or if not then managing stress.
You’ll experience stress at some time during your rehabilitation, whether it’s big stress (like losing your job) or little stress (like running late for an appointment). Find a sober friend or family member you can chat to for help when incidents like these happen. Additionally, keep your calendar flexible enough to allow for group meetings and other activities that can support you during difficult times.
Maintaining good physical health will aid in maintaining good mental health and positivity during rehabilitation. So schedule some time for exercise, consume a balanced diet, and get enough rest.
9. Learn to unwind and cool down yourself.
When you’re anxious, you often gravitate toward the familiar. You’re more receptive to new experiences when you’re at ease. Different tactics are effective for certain persons.
You could try:
- an outdoor hike
- The message
- Taking a bath Music Breathing techniques.
10. Consult a Professional.
The residential treatment programme at Olympia House Rehab provides a tranquil, controlled setting to start the process of drug and alcohol recovery. In order to offer each resident the most tailored, efficient treatment plan possible, our 24-hour staff is educated in a variety of therapeutic modalities.
Options for residential therapy include:
- Individual Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Peer counselling groups
- Dependence on chemicals Counseling, detoxification, and drug-assisted therapies.